Fantasy Football Analysis Draft I - Round 14

by KFFL Staff on June 26, 2009 @ 01:00:01 PDT

 


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1) Brian Robiskie, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns

Team: Kostas Bolos | Team Roster

Reason: Robiskie has an opportunity in training camp to emerge as a starter in Cleveland opposite wideout Braylon Edwards. He should do a solid job at working the middle of the field as a possession guy, which should result in a fair number of targets and receptions.

2) Minnesota Vikings, defensive team

Team: Ryan R. Bonini | Team Roster

Reason: The Vikings could still be without some big men in the trenches due to possible suspension, but I'm willing to risk that. They're an aggressive, attacking defense that has a knack for finding the end zone. I'm looking for at least four defensive touchdowns and close to 30 turnovers. Seeing them approach 45 team sacks won't be out of the question, too.

3) Chicago Bears, defensive team

Team: Nicholas Minnix | Team Roster

Reason: Chicago was one of the top fantasy defenses for the first half of 2008; then, injuries decimated the unit, particularly its secondary. The Bears are perennially a fantasy commodity, and at full strength, they'll remain one, especially with added depth. Return man Devin Hester shut out completely two years in a row? Doubtful.

4) New York Jets, defensive team

Team: Tim Heaney | Team Roster

Reason: The Chicago Bears D would've been nice, and I thought the difference between defenses was negligible, but I figured I could take a look at a flier at wide receiver on the way back. The Jets finished fourth in standard fantasy points last year, including a top-10 standing in sacks. Reasons to be optimistic: new head coach Rex Ryan's system, another year with nose tackle Kris Jenkins and an improved D-line, and the additions of linebacker Bart Scott, strong safety Jim Leonhard and cornerback Lito Sheppard.

5) Glen Coffee, running back, San Francisco 49ers

Team: Cory J. Bonini | Team Roster

Reason: Maybe I should have drafted a defense here, but I feel with plenty of similar choices remaining that I can hold off. Coffee provides a potential starter in the 14th round given Frank Gore's notable injury history. At the very least, I expect Coffee to be a capable spot start or bye week fill-in if Gore remains healthy all year.

6) Steven Smith, wide receiver, New York Giants

Team: Tim Piotrowski | Team Roster

Reason: Smith likely will be one of the team's starting receivers at the beginning of the year, so he will get the opportunity to get consistent catches. Plus, he led the team with 58 receptions in 2008. I hope for at least 60 receptions for 700 yards and three touchdowns.

7) Bryant Johnson, wide receiver, Detroit Lions

Team: Matt Wilson | Team Roster

Reason: I put off adding wide receiver depth, because I was very happy with the four wideouts that I had chosen earlier (two are must-starts). Johnson's injury-plagued 2008 stint with the San Francisco 49ers was forgettable, but he is expected to get another shot as a starter in the Motor City opposite of stud wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Entering his seventh year, B. Johnson has compiled between 35-49 catches per season and is capable of hurting defenses if he is ignored. I think B. Johnson will amass 55 catches for 650 yards and five touchdowns as a fill-in starter or flex.

8) Sammy Morris, running back, New England Patriots

Team: Keith Hernandez | Team Roster

Reason: Morris has proven he can carry the load (156 carries for 727 yards and seven touchdowns in '08) and will challenge for the primary rushing job. I'm not expecting monstrous numbers from Morris, as the Pats will likely employ a running back-by-committee approach.


Can Bradley step up in 2009?

9) Mark Bradley, wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs

Team: Bryce McRae | Team Roster

Reason: Bradley, 27, showed flashes last year, catching 23 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns during a midseason stretch. Is he finally maturing? New head coach Todd Haley liked to utilize the passing game heavily in Arizona, and with Tony Gonzalez gone, Bradley should be near the top of the pecking order for looks. Oh, and the Chiefs didn't bring in Matt Cassel just to hand the ball off; I expect them to pass a fair bit more than in recent years.

10) Dallas Cowboys, defensive team

Team: John Kotch Jr. | Team Roster

Reason: Anyone else probably would've gone with the Tennessee Titans defense with this pick, but I have a soft spot for the Cowboys. Besides, you never hear about it, but the Cowboys did lead the league in sacks last year. They lost a few key guys but did a good job of replacing them. This could be the bias talking, but I honestly believe the secondary will be better this year, as well as the defensive unit as a whole.

11) Brent Celek, tight end, Philadelphia Eagles

Team: Mike Egnak | Team Roster

Reason: Celek was fairly productive at times last year, particularly in the postseason where he caught three touchdowns and 19 passes in three games. The Eagles will play the Oakland Raiders when my primary tight end is off, so Celek should be able to put up some numbers. He should grab about 50 passes for close to 500 yards with a few touchdowns.

12) Tennessee Titans, defensive team

Team: Ilan Mochari | Team Roster

Reason: Yes, they lost defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, but the big fellow isn't the only reason the Titans surrendered a mere 14.6 points per game (ranking second), forced 23 fumbles (also second), intercepted 20 passes (sixth) and amassed 44 sacks (fifth). In fact, Haynesworth is the only defensive starter who isn't returning to Tennessee. His loss may hurt the Titans, but it won't prevent them from being a No. 1 fantasy unit yet again.

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